"Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and clearly seeing whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life" (Mindfulnet)
"Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion and open-hearted curiosity. Through cultivating mindful awareness, we discover how to live in the present moment rather than brooding about the past or worrying about the future" (The Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
While it has its roots in the teachings of the Buddha some 2500 years ago, modern day mindfulness is completely non-religious and is being used just about everywhere - in health settings, schools and universities, social work departments, prisons, and in the corporate world. More and more people are learning about mindfulness and finding it brings many benefits; helping us lead happier lives, at home and at work. Mindfulness has been shown to bring about a whole range of improvements in health and well being, improving social and emotional functioning, reducing stress, and increasing resilience and compassion.